Long Beach HAD Three Jan. 22 Shootings (Incl A Homicide)..And CD 6 Just Had Another Shooting At Midafternoon Jan. 23; LBPD Tweets It Will Use Overtime To Deploy Add'l Officers; Avoids Mentioning Mayor/Council Sept. 2020 Officer Defunding
(Jan. 23, 2021) -- Long Beach had THREE shootings on Jan. 22, 2021, one of which was the midafternoon homicide at 15th/Elm (CD 1/Zendejas previously reported by LBEPORT.com here and then had two MORE shootings later that day. The two additional shootings are LB's 29th and 30th shooting crime scenes since Jan 1. One in CD 1 (Zendejas) left a man wounded and the other in CD 6 (Saro) sent rounds into an occupied dwelling.
LBPD Public Information Officer Arantxa Chavarria tells LBREPORT.com that on Jan. 22 at about 9:55 p.m., a man was shot/wounded in the area of 12th St/Pacific Ave. (CD 1). Police found the victim about a block away (1100 block of Pine Ave.) and he said he was walking in the area of 12th/Pacific when he was shot. Officers were able to locate shell casings but they say the victim didn't want to cooperate with officers.
A little over a half hour later at about 10:30 p.m., officers were sent to the 2400 block of Pasadena Ave. (CD 6) where someone fired rounds into an occupied residence. The occupant, a woman (adult), didn't sustain an injuries.
Pn the same day (June 22), a man was shot to death at midafternoon in the 1500 block of Elm Ave. (CD 1/Zendejas). CD 1's total shootings (person hit or casings found/vehicle or building struck) are exceeded only by Vice Mayor Rex Richardson's CD9 with 7 to date (including LB's 1st homicide of 2021.)
(We're not counting a shooting/wounding of an individual allegedly the victim of an armed robbery in the area of PCH/Magnolia; the location isn't clear; police said no gunshots were heard and no evidence of a crime scene was found.)
We've also learned of a midafternoon shooting on Saturday (Jan. 23) in the 2300 block of Lime Ave (CD 6); coverage coming.) It's shooting crime scene 31 since Jan. 1.
LBPD responded by Tweeting a statemenmt indicating it will use ")overtime funding to deploy additional units and increase visibility in the affected neighborhooids." (LBPD's statement diplomatically avoids mentioning that Mayor Garcia recommended, and the City Council voted (9-0) in Sept. 2020 to defund 48 officers on top of LBPD's already thinned police level (208 officers erased between 2009-2014 by a previous Council; subsequent Councils restored 22 officers that are now erased by the Sept. 2020 Council defunding.) The leadership of LB's police officers union PAC didn't publicly oppose the defundings and endorsed the elections of Council incumbents in CD 1 and CD 6, that voted for it while representing LB's highest crime impacted districts.)
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CD1 has been represented since mid-December by Councilwoman Mary Zendejas, elected with contributions from the LB police officers union (LBPOA PAC), LB Mayor Robert Garcia and immediate past CD1 incumbent (now state Senator) Lena Gonzaklez. The three joined in bypassing LB's campaign contribution limits to candidate campaigns by giving a total of $30,000 ($10,000 each) to the LB Firefighters union, which ran an independent campaign supporting Zendejas. (LBREPORT.com labeled this maneuver our 2019 "Outrage of the Year.")
CD 6 has been represented since December 2020 by Suely Saro, who unseated Vice Mayor/Councilman Dee Andrews with strong support from organized labor.
A day before the three Jan. 22 shootings, a man was shot/wounded at early evening Jan. 21 in tha area of Anaheim St./MLK Ave. (CD 6/Saro.)
For June 1-Dec 31, 2020, click here.
Red = Homicides. Blue = Persons hit. Yellow = Casings found or vehicle or bldg hit
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